Bishop by Ben Glaetzer 2020
Bishop by Ben Glaetzer is a true expression of Barossa Shiraz that is elegantly structured with a long finish. Bishop is the family name of Colin Glaetzer's wife' Judith. Fittingly the sign of Venus, a symbol which has come to represent women and feminine energy, is the centrepiece of the Bishop label. In mythology, the symbol meant the Roman goddess Venus or her Greek equivalent Aphrodite. But the sign has also been linked back to ancient Egypt - a nod to Bishop’s link to Amon-Ra and Anaperenna. Bishop is 100% Shiraz sourced from exceptional old vine fruit grown in the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Matured for 16 months in a mix of 40% new oak and 60% 2-3 year old oak hogshead barrels (90% French / 10% American) Bishop is a deep inky red in colour. On the nose there is an explosion of brooding dark tones with bright cassis and coffee bean hints. The palate displays subtle richness with flavours of dark plum and blackberry intermingled with dark chocolate and dried spice. Generous yet restrained tannin provides exceptional palate length and persistence.